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Bergeron, Marchand return to B’s lineup tonight, Redden debuts

Apr 17, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT


The Bruins will get a big lift tonight in their first game since the Boston Marathon tragedy.

Reports claim concussed forwards Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand will draw back into the lineup on Wednesday, and defenseman Wade Redden will make his Bruins debut.

Bergeron, the league’s reigning Selke winner, hasn’t played since taking a Colin Greening hit in a 3-2 win over Ottawa on Apr. 2.

Marchand, Boston’s leading scorer, hasn’t played since taking an elbow from Anton Volchenkov in a 5-4 win over New Jersey on Apr. 10.

Redden, acquired at the Apr. 3 trade deadline, hasn’t played since appearing for the Blues in a loss to Los Angeles on Mar. 28.

The 35-year-old veteran was picked up mostly for insurance purposes, but will look to spark some puck movement on defense and possibly get a spin on the power play, where the Bruins are just 3-for-30 over the last 15 games.

The only Bruin not making a lineup splash tonight is Swedish import Carl Soderberg.

The 27-year-old did practice with the B’s on Wednesday but won’t make his Boston debut until Friday at the earliest (when they host the Penguins).

  1. jcmeyer10 - Apr 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Going to the game tonight. Cannot wait and can almost guarantee getting choked up during the National Anthem.

  2. bekay19 - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Rene Rancourt has waiting his entire life for tonights Anthem!
    Go Bruins!

    • 8man - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Oh, good point. The pregame, I am sure, will be deeply moving. A moment or two of silence surely will be included and emotional. Great to have the guys back.

      Hang in there, Boston.

    • jcmeyer10 - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      Pretty sure I am leaving work only, just to make sure I get there for that.

  3. govtminion - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Wait, Marchand is back tonight too? Awesome!

    This is going to be a good one tonight- emotion from the attack, returning injured stars, a push for the playoffs- if the B’s are ever going to have a statement game, tonight would have to be it.

  4. modellforprez - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    great infusion of their stars coming back in just in time for them to get ready for playoffs redden adds grit touhhness and just like Yags a wealth of experience. the Penguin bruin playoff series intrigues me the most. both teams are loaded and Boston will def. be out to prove one they didnt need Iggy and B they can beat the pens with him. still hoping and praying everyone from the marathon tragedy is O.K

  5. sabatimus - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Going sheer hockey here, Lucic is going to be on the 4th line tonight. Deservedly so.

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